Comprehensive Reference Book:
How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special
"The majesty of the letter has faded much in past years, but that treasure can come back. How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure: For Special Occasions and Occasions Made Special is a guide to making letter writing special for the modern day. With tips on making the content of the letter worthwhile, making it more than a piece of paper in an envelope, bringing an event together, and much more, How to Write Heartfelt Letters to Treasure is a fine collection of reference and advice, not to be missed."
—The Midwest Book Review
Themed Guides to Write Heartfelt Letters of Appreciation:
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Military Service Member
"As someone who spent only 5½ months on Active Duty and the remaining 5½ years in the Army National Guard, I found How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation is a great resource. It is not only inspiring but I would hope it could be the 'Bible' on how to thank and acknowledge, in written format, men and women who have served our country both on active duty and in retirement. There are many times in our lifetime when we would like to write and acknowledge both privately and publicly these service personnel but are unsure just how to do it correctly. Many of us are at a loss as to the proper words to use and our minds 'go blank' when we think of this task.
"Well, wonder no more because in this guide every detail you wanted, and those you never thought to ask, will show you the way. Smith’s words and phrases are perfect.
"This book really made me pause and reflect about how I should thank these folks for serving our country on a daily basis. Even if you never have to write such a letter, this book will make you realize how important these military personnel are to our society.
"The narrative of this book is quite professional. It is obvious to the reader that the author spent a lot of time researching and thinking about how to write such a moving tribute on such a personal matter.
"My hope for this book would be that it would be Standard Operating Procedure for anyone wishing to thank our military personnel, both on active duty and retirement."
—John M. Adams III
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to an Older Friend or Relative
"I have become a fan of this series of books about writing heartfelt letters and this is one of my favorites. Many of the older people in our lives are lonely and sometimes depressed. I have witnessed people light up when I share a letter I have written to them and this is now something I intend to do regularly.
"I have recently lost a friend who was ill for a long time. In the first couple years of her illness she received letters from friends that she cherished and asked me to read over and over again. As time went by she received fewer letters and felt more isolated. This experience has reminded me that what takes me a short time to do can mean the world to someone else, especially when they are older and feel alone.
"We all could write more heartfelt letters to the people in our lives and this guide makes it easy. Believe me, taking a little time to write those letters can make all the difference in the world."
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Teacher, Coach, Mentor, or Student
"I have so many wonderful teachers and mentors, and am so grateful to have them in my life. However, I never seem to find the exact appropriate words to express my true feelings of gratitude. Just 'thank you' is so insufficient. The author has given us a winning blueprint with her five-step system of Plan It–Write It–Package It–Present It–Enhance It. It's truly a remarkable outline. No matter how inept you might feel about your letter writing—if you follow this system, your letters will come out looking like a masterpiece.
"This is a book that should be in everyone's library, no matter what your age, gender or profession. We all have some kind of a teacher or mentor in our lives. If we use the tools which the author has given us, we can let them know how much we appreciate them in a manner that's worthy of their gifts to us."
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation for a Cultural or Religious Rite of Passage
"This book is absolutely outstanding. It is extremely thorough and educational, helping the reader to write the perfect letter to celebrate a religious rite of passage. I loved the details that were presented from the length of the letter to the stationery to the writing style. I also loved the description of content, remembering to highlight a treasured memory and the impact of the memory, plus the impact of the person.
"I equally loved the many descriptions of the possible events from birth to death and the examples of the religious rites, including Japanese culture, Latin American culture, Central African culture, etc. I also appreciated the writer's sensitivity by including a broad spectrum of faiths from Judaism to Buddhism to the Catholic Church. This writer, Lynette Smith, is a true professional writer. We should all listen to her advice and enhance our lives and the people we love by writing more letters that truly matter."
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Supervisor or Employee
"Smith has hit a home run with this handy, information-packed guide for writing letters in the workplace. After giving the basics for writing a heartfelt letter, she gives details for specific types of letters supervisors and employees may want to write.
"Since I was asked by many former students to write letters of recommendation, I loved Smith's advice about this type of letter. She says if you can't honestly write a positive recommendation, don't write one at all. She suggests the best response I've ever heard for those times when you must decline a student's request for such a letter."
—Flora Morris Brown, Ph.D.
How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Product Creator or Service Provider
"Who among us hasn’t had an occasion when a service provider—a delivery service, a home cleaner, a product creator, a tech support expert, and so on—solved an important problem in life? A time when a service provider let you take care of two (or more) tasks at once, did something you didn’t have the capability to do, watched over precious people, pets, and things, set your electronics back on track, invented the item which you now couldn’t imagine living without?
"Lynette M. Smith’s new book, How to Write a Heartfelt Letter of Appreciation to a Product Creator or Service Provider, will show you how to thank these people with a letter (on paper, not online) that they will cherish and remember. The topics in this small but important book include:
- What to put in your letter for maximum impact
- How to format your letter so it can be framed
- Alternative ways to send your thanks (video, audio, etc.)
- Making sure the right person gets the message
- Inspiring words to use in your letter
- And much more!
"In a time when the art of letter writing seems to be a lost art – but in fact is as vital as it’s ever been – Lynette M. Smith is here to teach us once again."
Book-Layout Proofreading Handbook:
Common Layout Errors to Flag When Proofreading Book Interiors
"This eBook is amazing. I am doing a great deal of formatting these days, and the words resonate with me. I have encountered many of the issues mentioned, and plan to buy the [paperback] book and keep it handy so I can help my clients by providing the best possible proofreading and formatting. Thank you for understanding what we experience and then providing the tools to improve... and at a very reasonable cost."
Reference Table Showing What Editors Do:
What Editors Do
"Your table, 'What Editors Do,' is what led me to your website. Now I am making a number of non-writer colleagues here at [my company] aware of your services. You may be getting requests for help from them."